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Rid Yourself of This Dangerously Independent Spirit — Charisma Magazine

You and I were made by God to partner with God as He brings His will, kingdom and renown to the earth. He has entrusted us with spiritual gifts that should be managed in a way that glorifies Him (1 Pet. 4:10). He has put within our trust money, property, talents, relationships, businesses and even our bodies, all of which should be managed accord to His will. If we manage and operate our lives in any other way, we will have no choice but to live life at a lesser degree than what we were created for. Our daily decisions matter.

Ask the Lord to reveal any area where you may be living under the delusion of ownership. Ask Him for the grace to surrender to Him all that is rightfully His. And ask God for the wisdom and grace to be His good manager. 

– From http://www.charismamag.com/life/women/32759-rid-yourself-of-this-dangerously-independent-spirit

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GO WITH THE FLOW AS HIS PLANS START UNFOLDING! – A Word by Lorilei Cooley – Spirit Fuel

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Go With the Flow as His Plans Start Unfolding!

Lorilei Cooley
Last week the Lord impressed on me that He was interrupting things to bring about an uninterrupted flow to His plans. This morning while driving to work, He highlighted the word FLOW again to me. I saw this word on the back of a car license plate.
Now as I saw this and pondered on this for a moment I heard the Lord say, “Just go with the flow.” I knew the Lord was saying that He wants His people to just go with the flow of His Spirit and how He wants His plans to unravel that will start happening quickly.
Now as these plans begin to unfold and come about, just know that the Lord is going to ‘out do’ what you thought He was going to originally do. Even when it doesn’t make sense or you can’t quite comprehend what is transpiring.
He is doing Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
This is going to be a very good thing the way He does it because He wants to surprise you along the way as things start happening! It will bring much delight and reassurance to your heart as He satisfies your soul with HIS good things!
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I Can’t, But We Can

Yesterday was a blast in terms of meeting new people…to think just a few weeks, as well as a season ago, I was feeling so “hidden”. Amazingly though, when I voluntarily went to that place of hiddenness in the Lord, knowing it is the only safe place from the enemy’s attacks, I am finding Him exposing me slowly. But Oh Lord, may I remain hidden in You, notwithstanding. 

Imagine, having a 1:1 breakfast with the UK Trade Ambassador to the Philippines, who was able to relate with conversations on identity versus function and wanting to write a book to speak about our life messages and learnings. As for dinner, I was in the company not just of my bosses and colleagues but of the CEO of Air Asia, who also shared my penchant for personality and know-yourself tests. Cool, cool, cool! 

Thank You, Lord for the privilege of meeting these people. I get to meet them not because of me per se, but because You lead me, and You lead them my way. You are sovereign indeed. My prayer for these is that there may be follow-ups and that Your glory would just radiate and be reflected by my life, that these people of influence that I get to encounter may be drawn to You. Help me to smuggle in the Great Commission through these encounters, Lord. May they hunger for an encounter with You, as they encounter me and You in me. 

In the dinner with us was a Senior Associate from one of the biggest commercial firms in the country though. Two batches ahead of me in law school, but probably a year or two younger than me, she specializes in mergers and acquisitions, and hails from one of the richest Fililino-Chinese families in the South.  When the Air Asia CEO asked, “Are you recruiting her?” I felt a rise of insecurity, which I immediately arrested, and casted away as I prayed on my way home until I went to sleep last night. I will have none of that insecurity, in Jesus’ name! If the bosses get her, they get her. In such event, I shall learn from her and befriend her. Heavenly perspective, remember, dear Lorybeth. 

What is not cool though is how I have been somewhat stumped and less productive at work since last week. For hours, I would just be distracted, stare at my laptop, fidget with my gadgets, be concerned about other things, when I’m supposed to be excellent at work. Not because I want to impress others or attain certain rewards (although that is quite a welcome by-product), but because Jesus lives in me and He spirit of excellence just needs to shine so that others may know what difference Christ makes in the workplace when He is at the center. His glory, not mine, needs to be seen in this mountain of influence that He has placed me in. 

I made excuses though for myself as regards the unfinished real estate acquisition due diligence report, as it’s not something I normally did. But now, with that Tax-related legal opinion which is not budging, I no longer have an excuse. There’s also another one on Data Pricacy…. Lord, help! I need Your wisdom badly. 

Good thing He reminded me accordingly this morning, 

Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it–the Lord is His name: Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). – Jeremiah 33:2‭-‬3 AMPC

Oh yes, I call upon You, Lord, right now. I admit my inability, my insufficiency before You. Lord, there are looming deadlines across a relatively extensive array of matters at work, and I am the only associate. Adding to that are things I need to do for the ministry You have given me. I give You the pressures. I will only do as I see You doing. I shall be at rest. 

And He answered with:

Thank You, Lord, for this doorway of insufficiency into Your Presence. I enter into Your Presence right now and remain there. In Your Presence, lack of clarity and confusion simply has to flee…because I am in You, You are in me and I have the mind of Christ. I can do all things, work on those deliverables, hobnob with all of those new people, because of You in me, Your power and wisdom at work in and through me. I seek Your face now, Abba. Please turn Your face upon me….Your face shine upon me, Lord, I ask, that Your glory may be seen, as I reflect it. Help me, Lord.

If I gain any praise, I offer it all back to You, my Lord. Right now, I lay down my crowns, past, present and future, anew to You. You are my King, and I am simply a child at Your feet, at rest, clinging to every word You say, and following Your lead. 

Abba, I remember this dreams that You gave me last night, about a ring being placed in my finger. In my spirit, I know, it speaks of authority. I claim and by Your Spirit, by Your grace, help me use this authority…to trample on snakes and scorpions and overcome the power of the enemy. With the authority You have given me, I trample on the enemy’s lies, on confusion, on lack of clarity, on insecurity. You have given me a sound mind, the mind of Christ, no less. I am confident because You are in me, and in You, I flow and have my rhythm. 

I lay down these burdens and yield anew to You today. Empower me. For by myself, I can’t, but in You, through You, with You and for You, I can. 

In Jesus’ name, amen. 
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Who Am I? (WoW Write-up)

This is for the book that our women’s ministry wants to publish and its provincial caravans:

Shorter version:

Lorybeth is a daughter of the King, a scribe and worshipper at the feet of Jesus.  An agent of His transformative grace, she co-labors with Him in the boardrooms of Heaven and earth, through intercession and by offering her professions as platforms for the advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth. 

A CPA Lawyer in commercial legal practice with focus on Tax, Corporate and Data Privacy, she amassed local and cross-border experience as an external counsel and in-house tax manager to a number of well-known multinational companies. Currently, she is a pioneer of Insights Abogado Philippines, member firm of Zaid Ibrahim & Co, an ASEAN law firm now present in 10 ASEAN countries. She also acts as the Assistant Corporate Secretary of the British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.  Before her pivot to the legal arena, she was an account manager in a multinational FMCG company, and while studying law was a finance manager in a start-up IT company and research associate for a USAID project. 

She earned her degrees in Business Administration & Accountancy (cum laude)  and Juris Doctor, from the University of the Philippines, receiving awards for leadership. She passed the CPA board exams in October 2001 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2010. She is also a graduate of Life Growth Inc’s courses on Integrated Bible Studies, Christian Life Skills and Faith Coaching, and Pastor Francis Frangipane’s In Christ Image Training I and II.

A member of choirs and worship teams since childhood, she loves traditional and contemporary worship styles.  In the churches where she grew up, she was a youth group leader and later lead a women’s ministry.  In her spare time, she blogs on God’s daily demonstrations and revelations, for the purposes of encouraging others and preparing content for books that God will lead her to write. Led to Women of Wonder last October 2016, she serves as part of the WoW worship team and as Corporate Secretary. 

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Lorybeth has a heart to impart God’s power to supernaturally restore marriages.  She is a happy wife to Michael, with whom she has three furbabies. They attend services at Windwatch Makati on Thursdays and New Life the Fort on Sundays, and regularly livestream with Planetshakers. 

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Longer version:

Lorybeth is a daughter of the King, a scribe and worshipper at His feet. Thanks to God’s relentless pursuit, she continues to experience and is an agent of His grace and transformation.  She co-labors with Christ in the board rooms of Heaven and Earth, through prayer and by offering her professions as platforms for the advancement of His Kingdom on earth. 

By profession, she is a CPA Lawyer in commercial legal practice with focus on Tax, Corporate and Data Privacy matters.  She began her career as a Key Account / Business Development Manager in a leading multinational in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. Following such three-year stint, she studied law while working as a Channel Development Manager and acting Finance Head of a start-up IT company for two years. Her final years in law school were complemented with a three-year legal research experience through projects at the UP Law Center and US AID funded agencies. In the next seven years, Lorybeth, as a lawyer, amassed local and cross-border experience as an external counsel and in-house tax manager to a number of well-known multinational companies. Currently, she is one of the pioneers of newly-established Insights Law, the Philippine member firm of Zaid Ibrahim & Co, an ASEAN law firm now present in 10 ASEAN countries. 

She earned her degrees in Business Administration & Accountancy (cum laude)  and Juris Doctor, from the University of the Philippines, receiving awards for leadership as President of the UP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants and UP Law Student Government. She passed the CPA board examination in October 2001 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2010. She is also a graduate of Life Growth Inc’s courses on Integrated Bible Studies, Christian Life Skills and Faith Coaching, and Pastor Francis Frangipane’s In Christ Image Training I and II.

As a member of choirs and worship teams since childhood, she loves the fusion of traditional hymns and contemporary worship, and has experienced its transformative power. She serves as part of the WoW worship team and as Corporate Secretary to its legal entity. Her previous ministry involvement include leading a local church’s women’s ministry and being part of a church youth group’s leadership team.  In her spare time, she blogs to document God’s demonstrations of goodness, love and wisdom in her life, for the purpose of  encouraging others as He has encouraged her and preparing content for books that He will lead her to write.

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Lorybeth has experienced and desires to impart God’s power to supernaturally restore marriages. She is a happy wife to Michael, with whom she has three furbabies. They continue to hold on to God’s promise of having their own children, and look forward to sharing testimonies about it in the near future.

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Relentless Pursuit

In my 38 years of life on earth, God has pursued me relentlessly. Such realization hit when it took me more than two hours to share to a new mentor about the times He pursued me and felt so tired afterwards. If sharing the story was tiring, how much more the pursuit? 

This morning, I asked God if He ever got tired of the chase. I felt Him speak to my heart, “No, I did not get tired. I delighted in pursuing you. That speaks of how much I love you.”

I was then reminded of God’s stubborn love for His people, Israel. They’ve turned against Him time and again, yet He has continued to pursue them to this day. Such pursuit is not a matter of physical location, but a pursuit of the heart. Yes, God is after our hearts. 

Once the realization of God’s relentless pursuit od our hearts grips us, it draws us into a place of awe, wonder and gratitude of His love for us. We couldn’t help but reciprocate. We couldn’t help but love Him, who loved us first. 

The times that He allows circumstances and even the enemy to hide Him from our senses are actually invitations for us to also engage in this pursuit of Him. Unlike pursuit of men, which tends to yield uncertain results, pursuit of God is not in vain for He has promised that when we seek Him, we shall find Him. Pursuing God is a feature of our relationship with Him that makes it dynamic, as we discover new things about the God with whom we have a love relationship. 

The revelation of His pursuit for us coupled with learning how to pursue Him gives us a perspective necessary in co-laboring with Him in the Great Commission.